Joshua Barnes is a writer and editor from Melbourne. His work has appeared in The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, The Suburban Review, Voiceworks, The Point and Junkee. He edits fiction at Voiceworks.
What did Christina Stead see when, in 1930, she left Paris – largely to avoid meeting the mother-in-law of her de-facto partner, William Blech, who, awkwardly, was married to someone else – for Salzburg, Austria, in order to attend a festival devoted to the work of Mozart, that city’s most famous son? The Salzburg Tales, published four years later, was based largely on her time there, and that book’s first word discloses to us in terms that could not be more literal what Stead saw when she arrived: ‘Salzburg’.